Labor Day has been celebrated for 123 years as a sign of solidarity with all workers around the world. Are we finally reaching a world centered on the human person rather than a world of work centered on capital and mechanization?
The 2004-2005 report from the International Labor Office (ILO) gives terrible statistics: of the approximately two billion eight hundred and fifty million workers in the world 49% earn less than 2 Dollars a day and, of these, 39% less than one dollar! Two hundred million men and women are unemployed! Today poverty has worsened throughout the world. According to an OECD report 60% of men and women workers in the world do not have a proper contract and are exposed to job insecurity.
Last year many labor disputes occurred throughout the world. In Asia, the Philippines, Taiwan and in Indonesia workers gathered to demand wage increases. In Tunisia, Egypt and the Middle East they called for economic reforms and measurements for employment. In New York and in London, in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis, they occupied the financial centers of Wall Street and the City to oppose the power of money. Read more